THE LOST SIGNAL OF DEMOCRACY
by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
DURATION: 65min (Theatrical) & 52min (TV Version)
It was an unprecedented occurrence in world history. Nowhere and never in well-governed democratic states, had the public broadcaster been silenced in such a manner that was characterized as "autocratic" and “undemocratic”.
Within five hours, on the evening of June 11, 2013, the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras turned off the switches of ERT, Greece’s public broadcaster, after 75 years of continuous operation. Both TV and radio frequencies fell silent, making screens broadcast black and the FM to buzz.
The closure of ERT was an unheard-of political act that shocked Greek citizens bringing back memories from the dark period of the dictatorship. It also caused a fierce international outrage from all around the world.
Why did the public broadcaster have to die?
Written & Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Vasilis Magos / Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet Production © 2013
Original Shooting Format: HD 1080/25p / Sound: Dolby Stereo / Spoken Languages: Greek, English, French / Subtitles: English / Narration: Greek
"The Lost Signal of Democracy" encloses one of the most important and symbolic moments of the Greek economic crisis
"The Lost Signal of Democracy" encloses one of the most important and symbolic moments of the economic and social tragedy witnessed today in Greece.
It is the most visible and indisputable case that the crisis’s first victim is Democracy, which dies, ironically in the country where it was born.
The film records from beginning to end everything that happened in the case of ERT, condensing within an hour, a period of five months.
It features all people who played a decisive role in this case, both in Greece and the European Union. They analyze the reasons that led to the sudden death of Greece’s public broadcaster, and open the debate on the dark and uncertain future of public service broadcasting in Europe.
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